Our $32,000+ Honeymoon in Paris for only $2,000! – Day 5 in Paris; Sainte-Chapelle, the Louvre, & Emily’s Favorite Evening

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Paris Day 5
Inside the Paris Opera House (Palais Garnier)
Emily Jablon:  On Thursday, our 5th full day in Paris, we had room service breakfast in the hotel.  I ordered scrambled eggs and Daraius ordered an omelette with ham, pork sausage, and chicken sausage.  We also had fruit salads and yogurt, along with a selection of breads (including my favorite chocolate croissants).  To drink, we ordered mango juice (which was again excellent) and green tea.
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Room Service Breakfast
Daraius:  The scrambled eggs were excellent – light, airy, and full of flavor – and perhaps the best scrambled eggs I’ve had. Emily Jablon: They were really good!
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Best Scrambled Eggs Ever! 
Emily Jablon:  After breakfast, we went to Sainte-Chapelle, which we skipped earlier because of the long line.  Security is very strict to get into Sainte-Chapelle because it is by government offices.

So don’t bring any pocket knives, scissors, or anything else that the police may confiscate.  We brought a corkscrew with a knife for our ham and cheese picnic, and unfortunately it got confiscated and was not returned to us.

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Leave the Brass Knuckles at Home
Daraius:  The line was the same length as it was when we were here earlier, but it moved fairly quickly.  We were inside in about 20 minutes.  Emily made a brave attempt to explain to the police officers that the knife blade was small and was only going to be used to cut the wonderful French cheese (an appeal to their French pride), but they couldn’t be persuaded. Emily Jablon:  The church, Sainte-Chapelle, was originally made to house the Crowns of Thorns that once rested on Jesus’ head.  Now, the supposed Crown of Thorns rests in Notre Dame, but it is only shown in public once a month and on Good Friday.  Sainte-Chapelle took only ~6 years to build (keep in mind Notre Dame took over 200 years).
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Saint Chapelle- Lower Level

The chapel itself was very pretty.  It was almost entirely made of stained glass, and the detailing on the glass was incredible.

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The Stained Glass Beauty of Sainte Chapelle

After Sainte-Chapelle, we took the Metro to the Louvre.  Taking the metro was easy, we just looked at the map and used the color system to help get us where we needed to go.  We transferred at one stop, and within 15 minutes we arrived right at our destination.

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Our Next Stop

We were going to the Louvre museum!

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Emily Outside of the Louvre

Because we had the 6-day museum pass, we were able to pass the hour long lines, and were given priority access in a much shorter line (no waiting required).

However it was a bit hard finding that line.  You have to go to the pedestrian passageway (Pavilion Richelieu) under the arches a little away from the glass pyramid.

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Emily With the Museum Passes in the Priority Lane

Once in the museum, we followed Rick Steves’ walking tour, and saw famous sculptures and paintings including Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa.

Daraius:  As I posted on the Million Mile Secrets Facebook wall, my Venus is much prettier!
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Emily in Front of Venus de Milo
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Daraius in the Louvre
Emily Jablon:  In addition to the beautiful artwork, the Louvre itself (being a former palace) is beautiful and warrants time exploring the history of this architectural gem.  In many ways, I found the Louvre even prettier than Versailles because of the size, grandeur, and excellent condition the architecture is in.

There were fewer (relatively) people in each of its wings so you could take more time to admire its beauty.

Daraius: I disagree with Emily on this one.  Versailles is a much grander palace than the Louvre and the Louvre has virtually no gardens compared to Versailles.
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Emily by the Mona Lisa

But the best view was of the people staring at the Mona Lisa.

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Mona Lisa’s Adorning Fans

After the Louvre, we went to the park outside the museum, and had a picnic lunch in the garden outside.  There was a stall selling food, so we bought a quiche, peach iced tea, & a croissant to go with our ham, cheese and a caramel for dessert.  It was so nice to sit and relax on the green grass, enjoying each other’s company!

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Our 8 Euro Picnic Lunch

We also fed the birds who loved to peck on the bread crumbs.

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Birds in the Park

After our romantic picnic in the park, we walked back to the hotel to get some work done.  But on our way, we found a cute lingerie shop, so we stopped in.

Daraius:  Paris has lots of lingerie shops, and while I’m not a fan of shopping in general, I decided to make an exception today.
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Emily Shopping at Chantal Thomass
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Oh La La!
Emily Jablon:  Soon, it was time to get ready for my special surprise.  But before we left the hotel, we met Million Mile Secrets reader Joey & his wife for drinks in the bar of our hotel.  It was so nice chatting with them and hearing about their trip to the south of France!

After we had drinks, we went for my surprise.  I had a hint where we were going, and I was right!  It was a ballet at the Opera Garnier just down the street from the Park Hyatt, where we saw La fille mal gardée.

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Emily Outside the Opera Garnier

The opera house itself was the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen, and I felt so grateful to have the opportunity to see it with my honey!  Everywhere you looked there was a different feature to admire!

Daraius:  For the last surprise of our trip, I decided that we had to see a ballet in the Opera Garnier which was the original Paris Opera House and is a 5 minutes walk from the Park Hyatt Paris.

I bought tickets online as soon as the bookings open and had the tickets shipped to me in the US.  The Palais Garnier is a spectacular building and is worth having a peek inside or touring even if you don’t go to the ballet.

Emily Jablon: The entrance way was grand.
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The Grand Staircase

The ceilings were lovely!

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Opera House Ceiling

It kept on getting better as we went in.

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Boy, is This Grand!

The stage was magnificent!

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The Palais Garnier Stage

What a wonderful experience it was, to see the graceful dancers and hear the beautiful music in such a beautiful setting!

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Emily in the Opera House

It was my favorite evening in Paris.

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The Ballet Cast
Daraius:  After the ballet got over, the staff ran a tight ship shooing people out of the Opera House.  They would clear out the top floor, and barricade it with velvet ropes.  Then the floor below and so on, until we were ran out of the Opera Garnier along with the other gaping patrons.

This was the cheapest of all the surprises I planned, but it was our best evening in Paris!

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